Mr. Chandra Mohan Thakur is a teacher with 40 years of experience in education Field but at the same time is a music lover especially Gazals. He in good probability have the rare collection of almost all the Gazals of Jagjit Singh.
An active sports person all his life and encourages all kids to pursue at least one sport regularly other than studies.
Besides sports, he has also led the 'Scouts' program and his team participated & won as part of inter school meets.
School : Podar International School
Recently, we got to know more about him during our interaction and here are some questions we asked to him:
Tell us about yourself.
In the field of Education for over 40 years as , teacher, Coordinator and Principal( for the last 16 years) in India and abroad.
What/who influenced you the most to become a teacher? Why did you choose teaching as your career?
My teachers. Very passionate about teaching and interacting with people.
How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching?
As a student helped classmates and others finally becoming a professional teacher.
What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?
Up to date with the content of the subject .Regularly attend refresher courses, seminars, workshops.
How do you handle discipline problems? What is the most difficult aspect of discipline for you?
If a teacher is honest, unbiased and an affectionate person all indiscipline problems can be tackled. Teacher himself should be disciplined and lead by his own example.
How would you handle a student who is a consistent behavioural problem?
Talk to the student on one to one basis. Know his family background. Interact with his parents and try to find the root cause of his undesirable behaviour and accordingly counsel him.
Describe a teaching strategy you used to maximize the learning potential of all students.
- Find new techniques, and learn , always update yourself with the latest in teaching field.
- Read a lot of good and relevant books.
What do you enjoy most/least about working with young people?
Young people are great , give them the credit they deserve. Enjoy interacting with them.
How would you work with a mainstreamed learning disabled student?
Apply methods relevant to special needs children , counsel them ,Help them to overcome the disability
Some students always finish their assignments early. How would you deal with the free time that they have?
Give them more difficult work different from normal children , they will be engaged and enjoy.
How do you involve parents in the learning process? How will you inform them of what’s going on in your classroom?
Frequent interaction with parents and updating them through mail or school website will help a lot.
What is your philosophy of teaching?
Enabling students to learn.
What are the three most important strengths you possess that will make you a successful teacher?
Honesty, Integrity and updating.
Give me one or two examples of things that you discovered about yourself while student teaching that you would like to improve.
Getting upset with slow learners is bad , have patience.
Tell us about a successful and a not so successful lesson plan that you experienced during your student teaching.
If one plans well and get prepared before going to class, you will always have a successful lesson plan.
How do you make students feel at ease around you, while still respecting you?
Be friendly with students and have empathy.
What should teachers expect from principals? What should principals expect from teachers?
Support in all situations.
Tell me about one experience you had during student teaching that made you think, “This is why I’m going into teaching.”
Students struggling to learn need help.
What do you want to accomplish in your profession?
All the stake holders around me feel I am good teacher.
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